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It's Girl Scout Cookie time

by jmaloni

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Mon, Feb 17th 2014 09:10 am

Girl Scout Cookie program helps girls build business skills

Girl Scout Cookie fans in Western New York can tame their cookie cravings and help local girls gain important skills by supporting the Girl Scout Cookie program, a the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls.

Cookies are on sale now. With each box sold, girls learn five essential business skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

"When you buy Girl Scout Cookies from a Girl Scout, you're providing her with an opportunity to learn skills necessary for running a business," said Cindy Odom, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York. "Girls learn how to set goals, make decisions, manage money, interact with customers, and act in a respectful and ethical manner. The Girl Scout Cookie program is a tremendous learning opportunity for our girls."

This year, Girl Scouts are selling Cranberry Citrus Crisps, which are made with whole grain and offer a tangy crunch. Additionally, Girl Scouts of Western New York has piloted a new gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookie that is available from a limited number of Girl Scout troops. Of course, the favorites are back: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Lemonades and Thanks-A-Lots.

Also making a return this year is the "Cookie Share Program," which allows customers to purchase a box of Girl Scout Cookies that will be directly delivered to a member of the military serving overseas or in Western New York. Last year, Girl Scouts of Western New York donated 7,100 cookie packages to members of the Army, Air Force and Navy.

The Girl Scout Cookie program ends March 30. For more information, visit www.gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of Western New York serves approximately 20,000 girls and more than 7,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

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